17/07/2017

Hornets Head To Austria

The Hornets head to Austria today (Monday July 17) to continue their pre-season preparations under Head Coach Marco Silva.

A squad of 31 players make the trip, including new signings Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah, who both join up with their new team-mates for the first time.

Captain Troy Deeney will remain in the UK however for his short rehabilitation period on a minor groin injury. 

Silva's side will play two matches against European opposition during their week-long stay.

On Tuesday they face Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic at the Worgl Stadion, and on Saturday they play SD Eibar of La Liga in Spain at the Kufstein Arena.

Travelling squad: Gomes, Pantilimon, Bachmann, Arlauskis, Femenia, Janmaat, Dja Djedje, Cathcart, Britos, Prödl, Kaboul, Mariappa, Kabasele, Hoban, Holebas, Rowan, Watson, Doucoure, Cleverley, Behrami, Capoue, Amrabat, Berghuis, Pereyra, Chalobah, Hughes, Zarate, Success, Okaka, Sinclair, Oulare.

We will have coverage of the matches here at watfordfc.com

First Team 14/07/2017

Chalobah | Exclusive First Interview

Walking into the Hornets' London Colney Training Ground was a very different experience second time around for Nathaniel Chalobah. 

Highly rated, fresh-faced and just 17-years-old when he arrived in 2012, the Chelsea loanee came without so much as a first-team notch on his belt, to a club that was itself venturing into a new era.

A Premier League winner rolled through the UCL gates on Thursday night to sign a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old's journey since his 42-game breakthrough season with the Hornets has seen him take in experiences both rewarding and hardening, giving him the grounding, he says, to further his career at Vicarage Road. 

“I think since my first time here, I tried to go forward and improve within myself,” he explained exclusively to watfordfc.com.  

“I've had some good loans, some bad loans. Last year for me was a year I'll never forget, in terms of winning the league, but also with a manager who gave me an opportunity.

“But that's in the past now isn't it really? In football, people only remember the last thing you did. I want to focus on what's now, here at Watford.”

You can watch the full interview above (free, no sign-up required) in which Chalobah talks in detail about his reasons for leaving Chelsea, admiration for his new Head Coach and his international ambition.